• Beyond the Next Star

  • Love Beyond, Book 1
  • By: Melody Johnson
  • Narrated by: Michelle Sobeski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Beyond the Next Star

By: Melody Johnson
Narrated by: Michelle Sobeski
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An intolerable order. A desperate charade. A deadly secret...

Before Commander Torek Renaar can return to active duty, he’s ordered to purchase an animal companion to help relieve his PTSD symptoms. But having been a caretaker for and lost a loved one, keeping even one little human alive is a challenge he feels doomed to fail. It doesn’t help that his animal companion is the newest, most exotic breed on the market, demanding constant attention, daily grooming, and delicate handling. If she doesn’t die first in his incompetent care, she’ll be the death of him.

After witnessing the murder of her domestication specialist, Delaney McCormick allows her new owner to treat her like the pet he believes her to be. If anyone suspects she’s more intelligent than a golden retriever, her murder would be next. She endures the humiliation of being washed, the tediousness of being trained to “sit” and “come”, and the intrigue of hearing private conversations. But in Torek’s care, she finds something unexpected on this Antarctic planet, something she never had in all her years on Earth while house-hopping between foster families: a home.

As companionship grows to love, must Delaney continue the charade, acting like an animal and hiding from the murderer waiting for her misstep? Or can she trust Torek with her secrets, even if the truth threatens everything he holds dear—and both their lives?

©2020 Melody Johnson (P)2022 Incendi Press, LLC

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I loved the detail in the description of the world of Lorien. Commander Torek Renaar has to purchase an animal companion to help with his PTSD symptoms. The companion he acquires is so much more than he is aware.
Delaney uses her intelligence to keep secret that she witnessed the murder of her domestication specialist. She endures being treated like a pet.
This story develops from companionship to something more as she hides from the murderer.
I loved this journey and how this relationship develops. The environment was described so well and you could feel the emotional connection of these characters. Well done!

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Unique

I’ve never come across a fantasy romance where the heroine is, at first, treated like a pet. Some of the things she had to go through made me feel a little uncomfortable and makes me look at my pets a little differently. I keep going back-and-forth whether I like the story or not. One of the problems is the erotic scene last a little longer than I like. Also, there is a little skepticism on my part about whether this jives with potential reality. But overall I feel like I can recommend it.